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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
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Ministry of Defence more like this
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star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department had with the Colombian government on human rights in that country before it took the decision to provide military assistance in that country. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 211346 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Military assistance in Colombia has been provided over many years and the issue of human rights is closely examined before any military assistance to Colombia is approved. The UK has provided expertise and advice to the Colombian Armed Forces on the subjects of international humanitarian law and human rights during military operations at a number of seminars and conferences.<br><br>My right hon. Friend the previous Foreign Secretary (William Hague) raised the issue of human rights with President Santos and Defence Minister Pinzon in February. He welcomed the Colombian Government’s commitment to zero tolerance of human rights abuses and underlined the importance of taking action on threats to human rights defenders and trade unionists. My right hon. Friend the Minister for Latin America Affairs, (Hugo Swire) also raised human rights with the Colombian Government during his visit to Colombia in June.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T16:58:27.8201157Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:58:27.8201157Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-01-20more like thismore than 2015-01-20
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what recent discussions he has had with Amnesty International on human rights in Colombia. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-01-27more like thismore than 2015-01-27
unstar this property answer text <p>Foreign and Commonwealth Office officials in London held a roundtable meeting on 28 October 2014 with Amnesty International, ABColombia, Peace Brigades International, CORE Coalition as well as two Colombian community Leaders, Ms Yomaira Mendoza and Mr Enrique Cabezas, to discuss human rights in Colombia, including the threats against human rights defenders and land claimants. <br><br>Subsequently, on 28 November, an official attended Amnesty International's briefing on their report on the progress of the Land Restitution Law, entitled 'A Land Title is not Enough: Ensuring Sustainable Land Restitution in Colombia'. Our Embassy in Bogota has subsequently held several conversations with Amnesty International regarding the Afro-descendant community of La Toma, Cauca, which is affected by mining. Our officials will meet Amnesty International in London again this month.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-01-27T14:51:15.35Zmore like thismore than 2015-01-27T14:51:15.35Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211346, what response the Colombian government provided to the Minister for Latin American Affairs when human rights were raised during the Minister's visit in June 2014; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225466 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-02more like thismore than 2015-03-02
unstar this property answer text <p>During my visit to Colombia in June 2014 I met two Deputy Ministers for Foreign Affairs and the Heads of the Colombian government’s major human rights agencies. I set out the UK’s concerns regarding attacks against human rights defenders and cases of impunity for those responsible. I also handed over a list of specific cases that our Embassy in Bogotá has been monitoring. <br><br>The Director of the National Protection Unit explained that Colombia has the largest protection system for human rights defenders anywhere in the world. The Attorney-General’s office confirmed that sentences for those attacking human rights defenders were rising (including sentences against servicemen). <br><br>Improving the respect for human rights in Colombia remains a top priority for the government of President Santos, and the UK welcomes the progress they have made, while noting that there is, of course, still more that can be done. I am delighted to be co-hosting a Members–only ‘Dialogue on Colombia’ on 10 March, which His Excellency Mr Néstor Osorio is kindly holding at the Colombian Embassy in London. This highlights the willingness of both our governments to engage with parliamentarians on human rights issues.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2015-03-02T14:45:05.653Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-02T14:45:05.653Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 27 October 2014 to Question 210962, how many armed forces personnel travelled to Colombia during 2013 in order to further the defence relationship. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225465 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-17more like thismore than 2015-03-17
unstar this property answer text <p>Our records show that 22 Service personnel travelled to Colombia during 2013 for visits designed to further the defence relationship with Colombia through: defence education; transformation of the Colombian defence organisation; human rights and humanitarian law and post-conflict transition. In addition, HMS ARGYLL made a port visit, and HMS LANCASTER participated in naval EXERCISE UNITAS.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2015-03-17T16:45:06.267Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-17T16:45:06.267Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property pref label House of Commons more like this
star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211346, in what ways is the issue of human rights closely examined before any military assistance to Colombia is approved; and at what level or rank is this examination conducted. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225431 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-03more like thismore than 2015-03-03
unstar this property answer text <p>The Ministry of Defence (MOD) has clear guidelines in place to ensure that our international obligations are considered and honoured before military assistance to Colombia takes place. This includes carrying out Overseas Security and Justice Assessments (OSJA) where applicable and liaising with the Foreign and Commonwealth Office to ensure that MOD's activity is in line with our international obligations. This examination is conducted at various levels and ranks in accordance with the OSJA and departmental policy.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2015-03-03T17:07:44.113Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-03T17:07:44.113Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2015-02-25more like thismore than 2015-02-25
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, pursuant to the Answer of 28 October 2014 to Question 211346, what expertise and advice the UK has provided on international humanitarian law and human rights during military operations at (a) seminars and conferences and (b) other events since 2010; and if he will make a statement. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 225432 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2015-03-03more like thismore than 2015-03-03
unstar this property answer text <p>The Government has raised its concerns about the issue of human rights with the Colombian Government on a number of occasions and welcomes the reassurances we have received. As part of its role in this process, the Ministry of Defence has, since 2010: sent a senior officer to Bogota to participate in an international military law conference; sent a Royal Navy legal expert to speak at an International Conference on Human Rights and International Humanitarian Law; and, contributed to a UN led team that travelled to Colombia with the intent of influencing strategic change on human rights issues at the highest levels.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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less than 2015-03-03T17:07:05.363Zmore like thismore than 2015-03-03T17:07:05.363Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will hold discussions to ensure that British companies working in Colombia are not involved in land-grab from peasant land-owners. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The former Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, my right hon. Friend the Member for Richmond (Yorks) (Mr Hague) visited Colombia in February this year and discussed business and human rights in his meetings with President Santos, the Ministers of Foreign Affairs, Finance and Trade and with civil society. We have a strong partnership with the government of Colombia on implementation of the UN Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights, in the context of the November 2011 Joint Declaration on Human Rights. I had a substantive discussion with the Deputy Foreign Minister regarding these matters during my visit to Bogota in June.</p><p> </p><p>The Ambassador and Embassy team regularly meet representatives of Civil Society to hear their concerns about human rights in Colombia, including business behaviour. If British firms are involved we raise issues with them as appropriate. The team in Bogota also meets with British companies and encourages adherence to best practice and global standards in their operations.</p>
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T15:50:18.0048615Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:50:18.0048615Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, what steps he is taking to introduce human rights training for Colombian aid programmes. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 210493 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>The UK does not have a traditional aid programme in Colombia. We have a modest human rights programme which prioritises activities to support human rights defenders, prevention of sexual violence in conflict and business and human rights promotion.</p><p>Multilateral organisations in which the UK has a share such as the United Nations and the International Development Bank have human rights components built into their initiatives and processes, and where appropriate human rights training included.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T15:41:30.8638719Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:41:30.8638719Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-14more like thismore than 2014-10-14
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept id 16 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Foreign and Commonwealth Office more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, if he will take steps to ensure that intelligence equipment sold to the Colombian navy and army is not used to carry out surveillance on people involved in the Colombian peace talks and process. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 210494 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-21more like thismore than 2014-10-21
unstar this property answer text <p>As with all export licences, each application for Colombia is assessed on a case-by-case basis against the Consolidated EU and National Arms Export Licensing Criteria. We will not issue an export licence if we assess that there is a clear risk that the goods might be used for internal repression.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency East Devon more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Hugo Swire more like this
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less than 2014-10-21T15:42:40.3767705Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-21T15:42:40.3767705Z
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star this property label Biography information for Sir Hugo Swire more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this
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unstar this property date less than 2014-10-16more like thismore than 2014-10-16
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Ministry of Defence more like this
star this property answering dept id 11 more like this
star this property answering dept short name Defence more like this
star this property answering dept sort name Defence more like this
star this property hansard heading Colombia remove filter
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star this property question text To ask the Secretary of State for Defence, what discussions his Department has had with the government of Colombia on Colombian internal security in the last 12 months. more like this
star this property tabling member constituency Strangford remove filter
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Jim Shannon more like this
star this property uin 210961 more like this
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star this property date of answer less than 2014-10-28more like thismore than 2014-10-28
unstar this property answer text <p>Routine defence staff talks took place in Colombia in January 2014 and covered all aspects of the UK/Colombia defence relationship including military education and training, defence transformation and our ongoing programme of counter narcotics assistance for Colombia.</p> more like this
star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
unstar this property grouped question UIN 210960 more like this
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less than 2014-10-28T16:55:40.9624746Zmore like thismore than 2014-10-28T16:55:40.9624746Z
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property answering member constituency Rayleigh and Wickford more like this
star this property answering member printed Mr Mark Francois more like this
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star this property label Biography information for Mr Mark Francois more like this
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unstar this property label Biography information for Jim Shannon more like this